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Today in History: Tuesday, September  02, 2014
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On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.
Audio LinkSupreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur
Audio LinkPresident Harry S. Truman declares V-J Day
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1666The Great Fire of London broke out. It destroyed nearly 400 acres, including some 13,000 houses and the old St. Paul's Cathedral.
1789The U.S. Treasury Department was established.
1864Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta during the Civil War.
1901Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1935A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming 423 lives.
1944Navy pilot George H.W. Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed a bombing run over the Bonin Islands.
1945Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic.
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1963"The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
1969North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh died.
1969The first automatic teller machine to use magnetic-striped cards opened to the public at Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, New York.
1983Tom Brokaw took over as anchor of NBC's "Nightly News."
2004President George W. Bush accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
2005President George W. Bush told Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during a tour of Hurricane Katrina damage in Alabama.
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Salma Hayek turns 48 years old today.
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Alan K. SimpsonFormer U.S. senator, R-Wyo.83
Peter UeberrothFormer baseball commissioner77
John ThompsonHall of Fame basketball coach73
Nate ArchibaldBasketball Hall of Famer66
Terry BradshawFootball Hall of Famer, sportscaster66
Jim DeMintFormer U.S. senator, R-S.C.63
Mark HarmonActor ("NCIS," "St. Elsewhere")63
Jimmy ConnorsTennis Hall of Famer62
Eric DickersonFootball Hall of Famer54
Cynthia WatrosActress46
Spencer SmithRock musician (Panic at the Disco)27
Actor Keanu Reeves turns 50 years old today.
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